ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2013 UNIFIED BUDGET PROPOSAL

Tacan İldem 11.10.2012
STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR TACAN İLDEM,
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY
ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2013 UNIFIED BUDGET PROPOSAL
925TH PERMANENT COUNCIL
11 OCTOBER 2013
Mr. Chairman,

I would like to join the previous speakers in welcoming the Secretary General for the presentation of the 2013 Unified Budget Proposal and thanking him as well as the staff at the Department of Management and Finance, the Department of Human Resources and all the fund managers for their efforts in producing this comprehensive document.

The 2013 Unified Budget Proposal will be discussed by the experts in detail at the ACMF and based on our evaluations of this proposal, my delegation will be presenting our position regarding the funds and will also raise at the ACMF level, some of the issues that we believe require further clarifications from the fund managers.

Nevertheless, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of our general findings regarding the Unified Budget Proposal.

- Once again, zero nominal growth (ZNG) remained to be a guiding principle for some of the participating States. We all know what the ZNG trend means in real terms; asking the fund managers to achieve more with less resources. I need to emphasize in this context our conviction that the Organization should be provided with both budgetary and human resources required for achieving our strategic goal of keeping this organization relevant and effective in a changing security environment. Therefore, ZNG principle should not run against the objective of keeping this organization relevant and functioning.

- The institutions, ODIHR, HCNM and RFoM, have important tasks and they receive adequate resources, both budgetary and extra budgetary, in order to properly fulfill their mandates. However, we see that there is still a need to extend the scope of their activities so as to cover the needs in the OSCE area in an inclusive way. Having said this, the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Programme of ODIHR is an area where much needs to be done and, the symbolic increase in operational costs of this programme is insufficient. We should not, in an arbitrary manner, put all of our focus on certain geographies, since such an approach would lead us to neglect important efforts that need to be employed elsewhere in the OSCE area.

- As I have already stated previously, we welcome the Secretary General’s restructuring efforts that would potentially increase even further the efficiency of the Organization. In this respect we support the objectives set forth in the 2013 Unified Budget Proposal with regard to activities related to transnational threats, based on MC decision 9/11. This said, we took positive note of the programmatic changes within the Secretariat presented in this budget proposal.

Mr. Chairman,

In the light of both declining budgetary resources and increasing tasks for most of the executive structures, attracting candidates to the Organization with the right set of skills and retaining those with experience remains to be a challenge for the Organization. While merit and competence based selection process should be the fundamental orientation of the recruitment policy, fair geographical distribution of posts in a rotation basis would also be essential to strengthen the sense of ownership of the participating States with respect to the work of this Organization.

Finally, we look forward to working with the Ukrainian ACMF Chairmanship and wish for the timely adoption of the 2013 Budget Proposal.

Thank you.